Lonesome Bert's Thick and Thin String Band

Three favorite St. Augustine musicians and songwriters in one outstanding acoustic trio.

Lonesome Bert's Thick and Thin String Band perform Neil Young's "Harvest Moon."

    Bert Hodge, of the Lonesome Bert of the Skinny Lizards, has formed an additional band, Lonesome Bert's Thick and Thin String Band, with singer/songwriter Don Cooper, and bassist Chris Clark.

    Bert, an icon in the St. Augustine music community, sings mostly his own songs with a few old favorites or traditional songs thrown in, accompanied by his traditional flat-picking guitar style. He has become particularly well-known for story-songs, protest songs, and songs that paint a picture of the real Florida and her people. Don Cooper, also a local favorite, is an accomplished musician and songwriter. Like Bert, he is a familiar presence among the Free Rangers at the Saturday farmers market, and he also performs solo at various local venues. Chris Clark is an artist business owner in addition to playing bass and singing.

    The three present a deceptively relaxed performance, with tight harmonies, strong licks, and a bass beat that ties it all together. Lonesome Bert's Thick and Thin String Band plays originals, old rock and folk favorites, and traditional songs.

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